Molasses and Rust Removal

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Bill Connelly

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<font face="Arial" size="3">With all of the chatter on the List lately about galvanizing, zinc treatments and other rust prevention and removal techniques, maybe it'san appropriate time to share the results of a little test I did with molasses. Some of you may recall my and others' previous postings about the rust removal properties of molasses.</font>
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<font face="Arial" size="3">Like most of you, I happen to have "bits bin" </font><font face="Arial" size="3">of old random ironmongery: nuts, bolts, washers, screws, springs, old steel vehicle bits, Jimmy Hoffa's cufflinksand the like. Unlike most of you, I didn't have the sense to store my bin of ferrous fiddlery far enough away from the basement sink, so my collection got the benefit of several-many weeks worth of standingwater to form a nice thick crumbly oxide...real boilerroom of the Titanic action. (Umm...if you'denjoy appropriate background musicat this point in the tale, just click here).</font>
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<font face="Arial" size="3">So anyway, after shakingthebrown mess around a bitin a sieve under a running tap to loosen up and rinse away the loose scale and rust dust, the picture below below shows a random sample of what remained after drying:</font>
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<font face="Arial" size="3">Next, I threw the whole mess back into the little coverless plastic trash can that serves as my bits bin, mixed up a solution of about half a pint of molassesand a half gallon or so of tap water (just about enough to cover it all) and then just let it sit for a few weeks, giving the can a little shake and a swish now and then when I went down to bring the drugged gruel to the hitchhikers I keep chained behind the water heater.The picture below shows what emerged about a month later:</font>
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<font face="Arial" size="3">So, clearly that old mechanics' wives tale about molasses dissolving rust is true. For my next trick, when I finally get around to rebuilding my trusty old shed-bound Norton motorcycle (that once upon a time took me to my very first Swim-In), as well as reprising the molasses technique, I might also try cleaning its many aluminum alloy engine partsby boiling them in a huge pot with rhubarb, which is something I'dfirst heard of in Scotland. Just think how overjoyed Mrs. Bilgey will be!...even more so, when I mix the two concoctions and makePIE! ("Never fear dear, the heavier bits willsettle on the bottom, so I'll just scoop off the top part like this, see?")</font>
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<font face="Arial" size="3">Bon Appetit!</font>
<font face="Arial" size="3">~Bilgey~</font></img></img>
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Bill Connelly

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<font face="Arial" size="3">With all of the chatter on the List lately about galvanizing, zinc treatments and other rust prevention and removal techniques, maybe it'san appropriate time to share the results of a little test I did with molasses. Some of you may recall my and others' previous postings about the rust removal properties of molasses.</font>
<font face="Arial" size="3"></font>
<font face="Arial" size="3">Like most of you, I happen to have "bits bin" </font><font face="Arial" size="3">of old random ironmongery: nuts, bolts, washers, screws, springs, old steel vehicle bits, Jimmy Hoffa's cufflinksand the like. Unlike most of you, I didn't have the sense to store my bin of ferrous fiddlery far enough away from the basement sink, so my collection got the benefit of several-many weeks worth of standingwater to form a nice thick crumbly oxide...real boilerroom of the Titanic action. (Umm...if you'denjoy appropriate background musicat this point in the tale, just click here).</font>
<font face="Arial" size="3"></font>
<font face="Arial" size="3">So anyway, after shakingthebrown mess around a bitin a sieve under a running tap to loosen up and rinse away the loose scale and rust dust, the picture below below shows a random sample of what remained after drying:</font>
<font face="Arial" size="3"></font>
<div align="center">

<font face="Arial" size="3"></font>
<font face="Arial" size="3"></font>
<font face="Arial" size="3">Next, I threw the whole mess back into the little coverless plastic trash can that serves as my bits bin, mixed up a solution of about half a pint of molassesand a half gallon or so of tap water (just about enough to cover it all) and then just let it sit for a few weeks, giving the can a little shake and a swish now and then when I went down to bring the drugged gruel to the hitchhikers I keep chained behind the water heater.The picture below shows what emerged about a month later:</font>
<font face="Arial" size="3"></font>
<div align="center">

<font face="Arial" size="3"></font>
<font face="Arial" size="3">So, clearly that old mechanics' wives tale about molasses dissolving rust is true. For my next trick, when I finally get around to rebuilding my trusty old shed-bound Norton motorcycle (that once upon a time took me to my very first Swim-In), as well as reprising the molasses technique, I might also try cleaning its many aluminum alloy engine partsby boiling them in a huge pot with rhubarb, which is something I'dfirst heard of in Scotland. Just think how overjoyed Mrs. Bilgey will be!...even more so, when I mix the two concoctions and makePIE! ("Never fear dear, the heavier bits willsettle on the bottom, so I'll just scoop off the top part like this, see?")</font>
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<font face="Arial" size="3">Bon Appetit!</font>
<font face="Arial" size="3">~Bilgey~</font></img></img>
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lah20car@aol.com

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<font FACE="arial,helvetica"><font SIZE="3" PTSIZE="12" FAMILY="SANSSERIF" FACE="Arial" LANG="0">what emerged about a month later:









</font><font COLOR="#000000" BACK="#ffffff" style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff" SIZE="2" PTSIZE="10" FAMILY="SANSSERIF" FACE="Arial" LANG="0">I'm impressed, but man, what did you do with that wire, people on ebay will pay good money for an original Amphicar wire.</font>
 
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lah20car@aol.com

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<font FACE="arial,helvetica"><font SIZE="3" PTSIZE="12" FAMILY="SANSSERIF" FACE="Arial" LANG="0">what emerged about a month later:









</font><font COLOR="#000000" BACK="#ffffff" style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff" SIZE="2" PTSIZE="10" FAMILY="SANSSERIF" FACE="Arial" LANG="0">I'm impressed, but man, what did you do with that wire, people on ebay will pay good money for an original Amphicar wire.</font>
 
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Bill Connelly

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I'm impressed, but man, what did you do with that wire, people on ebay will
pay good money for an original Amphicar wire.

> Well, nothing's too good for the hitchhikers I keep chained up behind the
water heater.
 
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Bill Connelly

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I'm impressed, but man, what did you do with that wire, people on ebay will
pay good money for an original Amphicar wire.

> Well, nothing's too good for the hitchhikers I keep chained up behind the
water heater.
 
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